057 873 1182 raheenparish@gmail.com


This is a list of Parish and Community groups and notices which relate to each. Click on the group name below for more information. If you would like your community group or service to appear on our website please inform us. If you would like to participate more fully in the life of our parish or feel you could contribute your time or talents to one of our Parish Ministries please contact Parish Priest or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council.


Raheen Parish has an active Liturgy Group.

Parish Readers are co-ordinated by Mary Phelan, Foxboro and Micheál Delaney

About 130 Senior Citizens attend the Annual Party which is held at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.

Present Committee: Teresa McEvoy and Sharon Ryan

A Little History: Raheen Parish Senior Citizen Party was introduced in the year 2000. It had been many years since the previous parties had been held, and many thought it was about time something was done. In the early years the Annual party was held in the James Fintan Lalor Memorial Hall, Raheen, and food was provided by the I.C.A Groups within the parish. Music was often provided by the trio of Pat Keenan, Raheen (Accordian), Mrtin, Bergin, Cromogue (Fiddle), and Jimmy Phelan, Roskelton (Fiddle). There were many who would sing a solo song and others a recitation.

When the party was reintroduced it was decided that a change of venue would suit more modern times and the venue of Eamon A’ Chnoic in Raheen was agreed. Over 80 parishioners attended the party and it was evident that the annual get together was something of great importance to the community. On this occasion dinner was provided by Eddie and Maurs Phelan, Restaurant, Mountrath. Desert and tea was organised by the parish I.C.A. Groups. Music was supplied by Malcom Smyth, Clonkeen, and Frank McGovern from Shanahoe attended from the Order of Malta. The following year was similar in every way except that the number of attendees from the parish had increased.

In 2002 it was agreed to move the Raheen Senior Citizens Party to the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, and in March of that year the number attending had reached 100. The Parish Irish Red Cross Group and the Parish Order of Malta send representatives who look after every need on the day.

The bands that have entertained over the years were ‘Whispers’ Noel and Sadie Sheridan, ‘Ruben James’ Jimmy Brophy. We have been entertained on many occasions by three generations of the Bergin Family, Cromogue, Veronica Ryan, Shanahoe, Har Walsh Clonad, Geraldine Grant Colt, Fr. James Kelly and Fr. Tommy Dillon, just to mention a few. Raheen Senior Citizens Party has gone from strength to strength in numbers and to date 130 – 140 parishioners enjoy the day out.

Shanahoe Community Hall


We endeavour to develop the community hall as a hub for parish activity. The Hall provides the parish and community a comfortable place to hold meetings, fundraising events, concerts or for private hire. There is also an option to rent or lease the meeting room on an annual or part time basis.


€30 per session for fundraising events

Contribution to be given for Church related events

Any person interested in the use of the Hall for their Club or Organisation can get more information from the Hall Committee.

Clubs or organisations that wish to use the Hall must produce a valid insurance certificate to the Hall Committee prior to use.


To book the room or the Hall spaces for a single or for a series of sessions contact the Hall committee by email: shanahoeparishhall@gmail.comor text

(Chairperson) Padraig Lalor – 0879670093

(Treasurer) Michelle Hughes – 0861710643

(Secretary) Deirdre Bergin – 086306557

(PRO) Sonia McDonnell – 0876478038

Raheen Whist Drive is held every Wednesday & Friday evening at 8.15 pm in Raheen Parish Centre.

For further information contact Louise Kavanagh